Why Drugs Matter: The Impact of Drug Policy on Connecticut's Economy

A Forum with Connecticut Gubernatorial Candidates

March 18, 2010
Alumni Hall, Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT



Purpose: To promote discussion and understanding among policy makers and stakeholders regarding the cost and effectiveness of current and potential drug policy in Connecticut.

2:00 – 2:05     Welcome

2:05 – 2:20     Historical Overview of Drug Laws - Susan Pease, Ph.D, Professor of Criminology and Dean of Arts and Sciences: Central Connecticut State University


Section One
Current Policies: The Economic & Human Costs

2:20 – 2:30     Hartford’s $42 Million Drug Habit - Robert Painter, M.D, Policy Analyst, Central Connecticut State University.


2:30 – 2:40     The War on Drugs: Violence and Trauma - David Shapiro, M.D, Associate Director of Trauma and Critical Care, St. Francis Hospital


Candidate Discussion - Opportunity for candidates to respond to presentations

Audience questions pertaining to section one are collected and given to moderator

                                         

Section Two
Alternative Approaches: Possibilities & Barriers

3:20 – 3:30     Advancing Drug Policy Reform: Legislation and Implementation - Attorney David D. Biklen, Former Executive Director of the Connecticut Law Revision Commission


3:30 – 3:40     Social and Political Barriers to Effective Drug Treatment in Prisons - Doug Bruce, M.D, M.A, M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Yale University School of Medicine


Candidate Discussion - Opportunity for candidates to respond to presentations.

Audience questions pertaining to section two are collected and given to moderator

4:25 – 4:50     Audience Question and Answer Session - Submitted audience questions will be asked by Moderator

4:50 – 5:00     Closing Remarks - Andrew Clark, Director, Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy (CCSU)




Sponsored by: The Institute for Municipal & Regional Policy (CCSU), School of Arts and Sciences (CCSU), The William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy & Practical Politics (CCSU)

Please Note: Agenda is subject to change


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